Wednesday, September 12, 2012

big needle knit afghans: lace block baby blanket

Drum roll please ... the lace blocks baby blanket is done! (if you could only see the happy dance I'm doing right now!) I mentioned this in previous posts on this project, but this pattern knits up fast. Seriously fast. I really enjoyed this project, and I predict this pattern will become my new go-to-pattern when I need a quick knit baby gift. This is one of my favorite types of patterns--super easy, but with deceptively complicated looking results. Each row is a simple repeat that combines garter stitch blocks with yarnovers and K2tog's or SSK's. That's it! The leaning nature of the decreases is what makes the garter stitch blocks have alternating directions. I also love how you end up with a gentle zig zag edge.

To recap, here are the details:

Pattern: Lace Blocks Baby Blanket by Diane Zangl (published in the book "Big-Needle Knit Afghans")
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Eco (249 yards per skein, I used four skeins)
Needles: size 10 Addi Turbo's
Finished dimensions: 49 inches long by 35 inches wide
Modifications: I skipped the crochet border, and didn't block.

Now I need to keep this momentum going and finish the other two projects on my must-finish-this-month list! What are you working on? Be sure to check out the other WIPs at TamisAmis and YarnAlong!


  1. Wow- it came out great! I love how the zig-zag border looks, it's perfect for a baby or child.

  2. It's surprising to read that this knits up quickly. Looking at it, I wouldn't have guessed! The blanket looks really great and I'm sure it's going to keep its recipient toasty.

  3. Wow, that is fantastic!! Congratulations on the finish!

  4. That is such a fun stitch idea, and it is absolutely perfect for a blanket. You are definitely going to impress the recipients of this sweet knit. Gorgeous work!